2021 Rocky Mountain Collegiate

Cyber Defense Competition

Tentatively scheduled March 5–6, 2021

The RMCCDC is a well established competition that provides collegiate teams an opportunity to test their cybersecurity knowledge and abilities. Contestants will work as a replacement security operations team at a fictitious company that is under attack by an adversary. The competition provides faculty with a measure of the strength of their curriculum, students will find out how they do against long odds and intense pressure, while employers can search for future security, network and systems engineers. The winning team represents the region at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

RMCCDC 2020 Competition Winners

First Place – Red Rocks Community College

Second Place – US Air Force Academy

Third Place – Utah Valley University


This is our eleventh year as Rocky Mountain regional host with competitors from Kansas, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico and of course Colorado. We are providing collegiate teams an opportunity to test their cybersecurity skills and knowledge.

RMCCDC specifically focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing “commercial” network infrastructure. Not only do students get to test their knowledge in an operational environment, they will also demonstrate their proficiency defending a typical network while under threat from an unknown adversary, the Red team. Our sponsors and volunteers are always on the look out for up and coming security personnel. RMCCDC provides a unique opportunity for students and industry professionals to interact and discuss many of the security and operational challenges the students will soon face as they enter the job market.

RMCCDC not only benefits the students involved, but will also benefit corporations as these graduates will be bringing a more experienced skill set to their jobs upon beginning their employment. RMCCDC also provides direct feedback for schools to exercise, reinforce, and examine their security and information technology curriculum. For more information on attending, participating, sponsoring, or volunteering for the 2021 Rocky Mountain Cyber Defense Competition, please contact us.

By registering for this event, you are also registering to participate in the preliminary qualifying event if needed. This virtual event will be held in January of 2021 and will be hosted by the CSSIA (MWCCDC organizer). The duration of the event will be 5 hours. Exact times and additional details will be made available as soon as available. The top 8 performing teams will advance to RMCCDC 2021.



The RMCCDC event follows the national rules as outlined National CCDC Rules.

Click here for important information for all participants.[1]


Sponsorship opportunities are available for our 2021 event.

View our sponsorship package to learn more.

Platinum Plus Sponsor

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Media Inquiries can be addressed to marcom@regis.edu.


Event Address

6380 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Suite 200

Greenwood Village, CO 80111

United States


Bob Bowles




Each team registered must bring a team representative to the competition. This representative, according to the CCDC rules : “a faculty or staff representative of the Blue Team’s host institution responsible for serving as a liaison between competition officials and the Blue Team’s institution”. The role of this person is to act as an intermediary between the team and competition officials and to handle emergencies which may occur outside control of the competition organizers. Teams who do not have a team representative will not be permitted to participate in the competition. This individual, however, at no time will be permitted to enter their team’s competition event. If this happens, the team will be automatically disqualified.

Teams must compete without “outside assistance” from non-team members including team representatives from the start of the competition to the end of the competition (including overnight hours for multi-day events). All private communications (calls, emails, chat, texting, directed emails, forum postings, conversations, requests for assistance, etc) with non-team members including team representatives that would help the team gain an unfair advantage are not allowed and are grounds for disqualification and/or a penalty assigned to the appropriate team.

Teams are free to examine their own systems but no offensive activity against any system outside the team's assigned network(s), including those of other CCDC teams, will be tolerated. Any team performing offensive activity against any system outside the team's assigned network(s) will be immediately disqualified from the competition.

All participants, including competitors, coaches, White Team, Red Team, Ops Team, and Gold Team members, are expected to behave professionally at all times during all CCDC events including preparation meetings, receptions, mixers, banquets, competitions and so on.

Activities such as swearing, consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs, disrespectful or unruly behavior, sexual harassment, improper physical contact, becoming argumentative, willful violence, or willful physical damage have no place at the competition and will not be tolerated. This applies to all, teams, volunteers, and coaches.

Team members must submit resumes with their registration. These resumes will be shared with the sponsors. If team members do not wish share their resume, they must formally opt-out during registration. An example of a reason to opt out would be a job already lined up after graduation.